Last week (Thanksgiving week), the Fellowship of Believers completed our second food drive. Our purposes are to serve our city and be a blessing in our neighborhoods.
In terms of serving our city, we collected about twenty-five bags of food. And I feel that helping people meet a need is a great way to bring blessing in our neighborhoods. Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give that to receive…” Our neighbors were able to give.
In processing the event with my mentor (Wayne Bauer – the pastor of Faith Community Church) he made a few suggestions that will help us build more connections in our neighborhood. The one that stands out is pretty simple:
Next time, offer an opportunity for the neighbors to help us plan and carry out the food drive.
Wayne’s got some great ideas, don’t you think?
So, instead of putting out flyers that say, “We’ll be around to collect food,” we’ll do a prayer walk in the neighborhood and hand out flyers that say, “Last month, we gathered twenty five bags of food to feed hungry people in our city. We want to do better. Would you like to help? Come to Norma and Andrew’s on next Tuesday at 7:30 and help us get organized for our Christmas food drive.”
Or something like that.
We’ll give it a try. Obviously, some of our neighbors are already interested. They bagged up food and brought it to us. If some of them come out, we’ll get to serve our city that much better. And we will get to know our neighbors better in the process, we’ll be that much further along to being a blessing.
We often pray “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven…” I have to believe that building relationships with our neighbors in order to do a better job gathering food for hungry people in our city is on right track.
And it’s simple. Hey, do you have some friends who might be interested in doing this sort of thing? Give it try! And may the Lord bless you as you do… And let us know how it goes! Thanks!
God is good!